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Protect your cat, dog or rabbit if it goes missing

It’s something that no pet owner ever wants to use, but if your pet goes missing a microchip is the only way to ensure that your pet is permanently identifiable if they get lost. It means that if your animal is found whilst missing, you’ll be contacted by a vet or animal shelter when it’s found and handed in. It’s also now a legal requirement that every dog in the UK is microchipped from eight weeks of age and from June 10th 2024 cats before they reach the age of 20 weeks.

Although it may seem unpleasant to insert a small chip under your pet’s skin, microchipping is a relatively routine procedure and one that we offer here at Knutsford Veterinary Surgery. We routinely chip cats, dogs and rabbits. If your animal needs microchipping book your appointment online or call us on 01565 337999 in the meantime this handy fact sheet will help you find out more about the procedure.

What is the procedure for microchipping?

Microchip implantation is a very quick procedure that can be performed in a consultation. Using a special implant device a needle is inserted under the skin and the chip, which is smaller than a grain of rice, is implanted. We use the smallest microchips on the market.

Once the initial procedure is completed, your pet won’t even notice the microchip and it will be out of reach to stop them scratching or pawing at it. If your pet is easily stressed, we can carry out the implantation whilst your pet is under anaesthetic for another procedure such as dog or cat neutering.

Rachel Caines MRCVS

It’s a procedure we hope you’ll never have to use, but it can save so much heartache down the line.

Rachael Caines, Lead Vet

Make sure your pet can be found. Book your microchipping appointment at Knutsford Vets.

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How does microchipping stop me losing my animal?

It doesn’t matter how good a pet owner you are, your animal may run off or wander too far from time to time. By having a microchip you know that even if your animal doesn’t return, it will find its way back to you if it’s handed into a vet or animal shelter. The vet can scan your animal’s microchip to find its unique serial number. Using this they can find your contact details from the database.

What happens if I don’t get my dog or cat microchipped?

Since April 2016 it’s been the law that all dogs in the UK are microchipped and registered on an approved database.  On June 10th 2024 the law will come into place for cats also, making it mandatory to microchip your cat. This means that their owner’s name and address can be traced if your dog or cat runs away or is stolen. By law, any dogs or cats which are not microchipped can lead to their owners paying a £500 fine – for such a small procedure, is it really worth the risk?

Microchipping from Knutsford Vets

Microchipping is available with a nurse here at Knutsford Vets Surgery from just £16.39,  Register your animal today and book an appointment to protect your animal.

Is a collar just as effective as microchipping?

It’s still useful for pet owners to add their contact details to their pet’s collar. This way members of the public can contact you without going to a vet. However, if your cat or dog loses their collar, then a microchip is important as a last resort. If your animal is stolen a collar can also easily be removed, but a microchip is the only certain way to prove that an animal is yours.

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